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Not of this world

We are not of this world

As Christians, we are not of this world.

John 18:36 – Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.”

This devotional is a different version of another devotion titled “Not of this world” I shared some time ago in March 2022. This devotion is not entirely written by me except for the introduction and scripture verse references. This was in fact sent to me from Bible League International. I was blessed by it and am sure it will be a blessing to you too.

As Christians, although we live in this world, we are not of this world. This world is a place of darkness ruled by the prince of the power of the air; Satan (Ephesians 2:2). Satan is referred to as the ruler of this world in John 12:31 and hence evil is manifested in this world in various forms. But as believers, we have been translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.

Colossians 1:13-14 – For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

Bible verses confirming we are not of this world

John 17:14-16 – I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.

John 15:19 – If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as it loves its own people. But I have chosen you to be different from those in the world.  So you don’t belong to the world, and that is why the world hates you.

John 8:22-24 – So the Jews said, “Will he kill himself, since he says, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come. He said to them, “You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”

James 4:4 – You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: if you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.

1 John 2:15-17 – Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

We are not of this world – Devotional

Recently I came across this piece of devotional from Bible League International. It impacted me and I thought it was apt for the topic today, “Not of this world”. I am sure you will be blessed by it as much as I was.

You should use the things of the world without letting them become important to you. This is how you should live, because this world, the way it is now, will soon be gone. – 1 Corinthians 7:31 ERV

People get emotionally attached to the creatures of this world—physical things, plants, animals, and other human beings. So far as it goes, there is nothing wrong with this. Indeed, we regard such attachments as part and parcel of life. Conservationists develop a soft spot for their favorite national park. Gardeners get passionate about their gardens. Homeowners cherish their homes and neighborhoods. Children are fond of their pets. Car enthusiasts take delight in their hot rods. Wives love their husbands and husbands love their wives. And so it goes.

The problem that our verse for today is pointing out, then, does not come from the emotional attachments we have. The problem comes when the creatures we are emotionally attached to become too important to us, become prioritized beyond all reason, or at the worst, become the very first priority of our lives—even above God Himself.

When a person can’t move forward in life due to the loss of a beloved friend, it indicates that the friend had become too important. When a car enthusiast will not sell a car despite being in dire financial straits, then the car has been prioritized beyond all reason. And when a person cannot follow the leading of God because it would mean leaving a cherished home and neighborhood, then that person’s priorities may be called into question.

The reason why we should not allow the things of this world to become too important to us is that they never last. Just like that, everything into which you have invested so much of yourself evaporates into thin air. An insect infestation may ruin your garden. Your neighborhood may be eliminated through the legal process of eminent domain. Your dog may run away. You may crash your car. And so it goes.

That’s why Jesus said we should seek first God and His Kingdom (Matthew 6:33), because they will never pass away. When we seek God and His Kingdom first, everything else falls into its proper place, everything else falls into the place of relative importance where it belongs.

Today, consider your priorities—and make sure that no creature of this world has become too important to you.